Posts filed under ‘Fox “News”/ Fox “Business” /Rupert Murdoch / Wall Street Journal’
Uh oh. It looks like Fox and Limbaugh and all the rabid wingers who go out of their way to make even the slightest blip having to do with Barack Obama an impeachable offense have something new to sink their teeth into today:
Sunny Obama, the second Portuguese water dog the Obamas adopted in August, was part of a minor incident in which she caused a 2-year-old White House guest Ashtyn Gardner to fall over.
Sunny jumped up on the toddler during the 2013 White House Holiday Press Preview, in which First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the White House’s holiday decorations with families of military service members. Ashtyn was there with her father, John Gardner, a member of the Navy who later said that Ashtyn was fine.
Both Sunny and Bo, the Obama’s other Portuguese water dog, remained in the room afterward and there were no other incidents. Sunny apologized right after the incident by licking Ashtyn’s face.
How long will it be before this becomes, “Obama’s dog mauls sweet, little, innocent 2-year-old girl?”
I want to say this is tongue-in-cheek but hey, I wouldn’t put it past them.
What?! Per Business Insider:
Liz Cheney, a Republican candidate for Senate in Wyoming, released a new ad Monday entitled “Daughters,” which highlights her family’s long history and roots in the state.
The ad features Cheney’s three daughters, who recount how the family’s ancestors first came to the state in 1852. They note that their grandfather, former Vice President Dick Cheney, also hails from the state.
“And we’re very proud of our mom, who’s running for the United States Senate,” one of Cheney’s daughters says.
When I saw this article what immediately came to mind was something I wrote about over at the Newshounds in 2007. On October 1 of that year,
the Service Workers International Union (SEIU) and “hundreds of children” and “consumers,” held a rally in Washington, D.C., to “protest President Bush’s expected veto of legislation that would provide health coverage to nearly 10 million children whose families cannot afford private health insurance.” Ted Kennedy joined the rally…
The next day, Fox’s Neil Cavuto aired a segment on his show, Your World w/Neil Cavuto, featuring video of the rally and of Senator Kennedy with some of the kids and he then proceeded to go off on people using “kids as props:”
This time their theme was about Democrats “using kids as props.” Cavuto’s two guests had a you’ve-heard-it-all-before “discussion,” with the conservative Ben Ferguson crying about how awful it is to exploit children…
The noteworthy part about the segment was Fox’s intro. They showed video of the rally and then a picture of Saddam Hussein meeting with a young boy just prior to the start of the first Gulf war, i.e., only people like Saddam Hussein use “kids as props.”
If wingers feel free to try to tie Ted Kennedy to Saddam Hussein via this ridiculous argument, fine. Two can play this little game.
Here’s a graph showing the number of minutes the cable “news” outlets devoted to climate change between April 1 and August 13 this year. Note the stars on O’Reilly’s and Hannity’s shows. Those stars mean the coverage was dismissive of climate change (natch - hey, we’re talkin’ Fox).
Oh, and CNN is supposedly a flaming liberal channel, right? It looks like Erin Burnett’s show, OutFront, devoted about four minutes to the issue while Anderson Cooper didn’t touch it. Liberal? What a joke that is.
What a sorry state of affairs.
The answer to that question is: No way Jose. The only way Fox Business would cheer a huge milestone in the Dow like this is if a Republican was in office.
This is a thing Fox does (regarding that sensationalized and inaccurate Bengazi segment on 60 Minutes two weeks ago):
CBS News has pulled its dubious 60 Minutes report on the 2012 terror attacks in Benghazi following the revelation that Dylan Davies, the segment’s featured “witness,” has given contradictory stories about that night’s events. But Fox News, which aggressively promoted the CBS segment and used it to claim that their own Benghazi reporting had been validated, has so far ignored the story’s implosion in its on-air reporting.
Fox was eager to seize on the CBS report shortly after it aired. On October 28, the morning after the 60 Minutes segment, Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy told viewers, “It’s great that mainstream media, finally catching up. CBS did this story on Benghazi and I see criticism from the left where they go, ‘You guys are covering a phony scandal.’ 60 Minutes doesn’t cover phony scandals.”
All told, Fox spent more than 47 minutes — spread across 13 segments on 11 separate shows — covering the CBS report on October 28.
But now that CBS has pulled the report [and apologized for the false claims made in it], Fox has gone silent. As of 1:45 pm, the network still has not told its viewers that the 60 Minutes report has been retracted.
Bottom line? If Fox wants its audience to know something, in this case that 60 Minutes had some alleged dirt on the Obama administration, they’ll scream about it incessantly. If they don’t want their audience to know something, that the premise of the story has since collapsed, they’ll make sure that happens too, by going silent. What Fox doesn’t report is as important as what it does.
This tweet from “Fox News Latino” is a pretty good illustration of what Fox thinks its Latino audience cares about and needs to know about.
Here’s Faux News’ reporting on World War II vets “rising up” against the government “slimdown” at the World War II War Memorial in DC last week. (Note that Faux is calling this a “slimdown” instead of a shutdown. Sexier, and less threatening I guess. Anything to minimize the damage done to Republicans.)
Congressman Steven Palazzo was willing to go to jail.
The representative from Mississippi’s Fourth Congressional District was standing on the Washington Mall Tuesday – outside a barricade that had been erected around the World War II Memorial.
He was standing shoulder to shoulder with members of the Greatest Generation – 91 Mississippians who fought valiantly during World War II. Their families had also gathered along with eight members of Congress.
They had traveled many miles only to be told the open-air memorial was closed – on account of the federal government shutdown.
The memorial that had been built for the aging warriors was barricaded and roped off with yellow tape. The water features were turned off and the bathrooms were locked. Armed park police stood nearby.
The congressman worked in vain to try to convince the National Park Service to open the memorial.
He called the Department of Interior but they did not intervene.
He even wrote to President Obama – pleading with him to open the memorial so that the elderly men could lay flowers and pay their respects to fallen brothers. But the president remained silent.
“They did not lift one finger to help these veterans,” Palazzo told me. “It is sad that they would not even make an exception for our World War II veterans.”
What. A. Lie.
This is what really happened:
Yup. You have that right.
Faux News shouldn’t be allowed to call itself a news organization. It doesn’t report news as in facts. It’s a propaganda arm of the wingnutosphere.
Keep doing what you’re doing Republicans: The GOP’s favorability rating has plunged to 28 percent, its lowest point ever, and the lowest point ever for either party. That 31% rating in 1999 was when House Republicans voted to impeach President Clinton:
This is what happens when a party gets all its information from the Fox Newses and the Rush Limbaughs of the world. They think “the people” are on their side.
Fox either doesn’t care about fact-checking what it reports as fact, or it has so convinced itself that Barack Obama is a closet Muslim, it reported yesterday that Obama is prepared to pay, out of “his own pocket,” for “a Museum of Muslim culture,” a “fact” generated my a satirical website:
Fox & Friends Saturday criticized President Obama for offering to personally pay for a “museum of Muslim culture” during the government shutdown, a claim that originated from a satire website.
On October 5, the co-hosts of Fox & Friends Saturday discussed the closure of the World War II Memorial, which resulted from the Republican-led shutdown. During the discussion, co-host Anna Kooiman claimed that while the memorial is closed, “President Obama has offered to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture.”
Unfortunately for Kooiman, the claim that Obama offered to pay out of pocket for a “museum of Muslim culture” originated from the satirical website the National Report.
Fox is a national disgrace.
Fox “business news” reporter Stuart Varney yesterday on AM 560′s The Big John & Amy Show:
HOWELL: Do you think that federal workers, when this ends, are deserving of their back pay or not?
VARNEY: That is a loaded question isn’t it? You want my opinion? This is President Obama’s shutdown. He is responsible for shutting this thing down; he’s taken an entirely political decision here. No, I don’t think they should get their back pay, frankly, I really don’t. I’m sick and tired of a massive, bloated federal bureaucracy living on our backs, and taking money out of us, a lot more money than most of us earn in the private sector, then getting a furlough, and then getting their money back at the end of it. Sorry, I’m not for that. I want to punish these people. Sorry to say that, but that’s what I want to do.
This is their mindset folks. They’re cruel and vindictive and they want to take it out on We, the Little People.
Coming soon to the United States:
With elections tomorrow, Rupert Murdoch is still on the offensive, plastering his papers with outrageous editorials masquerading as journalism. But when independent advocacy group GetUp pushed back with its own ad critical of Murdoch’s blatant bias, all three commercial networks refused to air it — worried they would anger the billionaire mogul.
This is what media concentration in Australia has brought: a chummy corporate culture that protects its own. Rupert Murdoch has been able to get away with substituting editorials for news while critical voices are shut out of the discussion. It’s time to push back against corporate censorship protecting its own.
Already, deregulation has led to Murdoch controlling 70% of the market for newspapers, and his agenda will seek even further concentration of power in Australian media. If Tony Abbott rolls into office, he will owe Murdoch a big debt, and News Corp has a big agenda it wants passed, including weakening the ABC, dismantling regulations, and ending laws regulating hate speech.
Here is GetUp’s ad that the cowed Australian press was afraid to air:
This would be Fox’s Greta Van Sustern yesterday, implying that only liberal African-Americans were invited to attend Sunday’s March on Washington marking the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.s’ “I Have a Dream” speech:
And this would be an article that appears on Fox News’ website:
Fox so-called-News launched “Fox News Latino” about a year ago. Check out the topics it has covered on its Twitter feed over the last last few hours. This is kindergarten stuff and an insult to Latinos everywhere.
Geezus. Maybe it’s just me but I think most Latinos would agree that there are a whole bunch of much bigger issues facing Latinos than lost and found border collies and Brazilian super-models cuddling up to their footballer husbands.
Filed under: Dumbed Down
This time of year I’m usually scrambling to keep the plants I’m summering on the deck watered and protected from drying out overnight. Today I brought them inside because they’re going to rot if they get more rain, which we’ve had here in Boulder for at least two weeks now.
Oh, and I put up a window box on the west side of the house and planted it full of Calibrachoa:
Calibrachoa need “at least” six hours of direct sun every day.
They haven’t had direct sun in a month.
Look how pitiful they are. They should be spilling out over the box and down the side.
Ugh. If it weren’t for Faux News, I’d think there was something fishy going on with, you know, the climate.
Here’s Geraldo Rivera mimicking Anthony Weiner in a tweet last night:
Rivera wrote: “70 is the new 50 (Erica and family are going to be so pissed…but at my age.”
Yo, Geraldo, at 70 you should have more class than this.
I’ve been flipping between Faux, CNN and MSNBC for the last 45 minutes or so, watching coverage of the plane crash at the San Francisco airport. It’s amazing how much information all three of these cable so-called-news outlets are lifting off of YouTube and Twitter (often not giving credit to the person who took the photo or wrote the tweet which I think is just about as low as a “news” outlet can go}.
Hold that thought.
Meanwhile, I came across this photo from InsideCableNews. They titled it: “Media Swarm SFO.”
As you can see, that’s a pretty pitiful “swarm.”
The point is, the cables don’t need to send reporters to the site of “breaking news” anymore. They pick photos and “facts” out of their “iReports,” YouTubers and Twitterers who, in the end, do their work for them. It saves them megabucks. They use our stuff and they don’t have to hire real people to go out and get the story and the photos.
If the info they report turns out to be incorrect, meh, they can blame it on “early reports” or whatever.
Folks, think about that the next time you file an “iReport.” The cables are feeding off of you and you don’t get a dime.
Fox so-called-News announced this morning that Howard Kurtz, the host of CNN’s so-called media critiquing Reliable Sources show, will join the network as of July 1:
FOX News Channel (FNC) has hired veteran media reporter Howard Kurtz, announced Michael Clemente, Executive Vice President of News for the network. He will begin in this new role on July 1st.
Kurtz will anchor a version of what is now called Fox News Watch, which focuses on the media, with a new format during the weekends. Additionally, he will serve as an on-air analyst for a variety of programs throughout the week, while also writing a regular column on FoxNews.com, commenting on social media news, industry trends and breakthroughs, in addition to looking at how media are used in politics. Meanwhile, Jon Scott, current anchor of FOX News Watch, who won an Emmy for his writing at NBC’s Dateline, will move to the specials unit where he will serve as anchor.
Todd Starnes — here’s his Twitter account — works for Fox so-called-News.
Former congressman Allen West has found a new home on Fox News, where he has been signed on as a contributor.
“Representative West’s congressional and military experience along with his fearless approach to voicing key issues will provide a valuable point of view to the FOX News lineup,” Fox News Vice President Bill Shine said in a statement. West served in the army before running for Congress in 2010.
Go here to read some of the crazier things West has said. This is my fave:
I believe there’s about 78 to 81 members of the Democrat party who are members of the Communist Party. It’s called the Congressional Progressive Caucus.
Good question here in my Tweet of the Day:
I guess John McCain was busy.
If you don’t have time to watch this, here’s all you need to know: “We don’t really rely on facts. We rely more on our feelings and our emotions.”
Cable “news,” especially Fox, has gone nuts covering sequester-related cuts to tours of the White House, but not so regarding cuts to assistance programs for the poor. As a matter of fact, “liberal” CNN has been totally silent on the issue:
As is always the case, the poor have no voice.
This from Barry Ritholtz at Ritholtz.com and the BigPictureBlog:
Below you will find today’s WSJ front page. With Unemployment at a 4 year low and the Dow is at an all time high, things are obviously awful.
Hence, the reveal of the destruction of America’s best newspaper has now been completed. What was once Wall Street’s paper of record has completed its transformation into the paper of Rupert.
Hence, it is no longer useful to investors.
The Wall Street Journal was once the greatest American newspaper. Sure, the OpEd writers were insane idealogues, and there was the occasional drunk or pederast on the masthead. But overall, the quality of the writing was so good, and the objective look at business so sharp, investors could rely on it.
Today, Fox News seems to write the headlines. The influence of the partisan editorials has completely overtaken the entire paper.
In other words, to investors, it has become a gnarly mess of unreliable, EXPENSIVE partisan bias. Nothing is trustworthy on its pages anymore. The problem with this is not political — rather, it is financial. (See my Washington Post article on exactly this topic, submitted on Thursday — before yesterday’s payroll data, and before this idiotic headline).
If you want objective, hard hitting business journalism, the role formerly inhabited by the WSJ has been taken over by the Bloomberg terminal and Bloomberg.com.
And then there would be this, from yours truly, on June 27, 2007 when I was over at the Newshounds. Rupert Murdoch was in the process of buying the Wall Street Journal but people were still believed he was a real newsman instead of the world’s most prolific and dangerous propagandist:
Wall Street Journal Reporters Justified in Their Concern About a Potential News Corp. Buyout
Ever since Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News Corp., the parent company of Fox News, made an offer to buy the Dow Jones Company, there have been rumblings at the Wall Street Journal (owned by Dow Jones) about how Murdoch might influence that newspaper’s editorial content. Those rumblings are justified but maybe the WSJ staff should be concerned about something else as well.
Anyone who knows anything about Rupert Murdoch knows that he, ah, shall we say, uses his empire to push his own agenda. A quick look at the documentary Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism makes that abundantly clear. He is also more than willing to screw his customers in order to get what he wants, so, in combination, those things don’t bode well for the journalism profession.
If the “business news” aired on Fox’s “premiere business news” program is any indication, WSJ staffers might want to take their concern beyond what Murdoch might do to editorial content and question what he might do to bedrock reporting, like what’s going on with stocks. Take, for example, the topics anchor Neil Cavuto covered today (June 25, 2007) during his “Fox Stox” segment. Cavuto is the managing editor and senior vice president of business news at Fox and “Fox Stox” is a 90-second segment purportedly covering news about a variety of stocks. Today’s “Stox” news was:
– Talks are reportedly heating up between News Corp. and Dow Jones;
– Germany bars Tom Cruise from shooting a movie about Hitler;
– A film about Hugh Hefner’s life is in development; and
– Christina Aguilera is looking to launch a movie career.
So, good luck to the dedicated reporters at the Wall Street Journal. If Murdoch buys your paper, your life will be easy. Forget slogging around down there on Wall Street and squinting at endless stock charts. Need to know what’s up with stocks? Relax, sit at your desk, click on TMZ.com, E! Online, and the Hollywood Reporter, and you’ll find everything you need to know right there!
We at the Newshounds knew Murdoch’s purchase of the WSJ meant the end of the paper as the world knew it; that it would turn into a sleazy propaganda rag and lo and behold, here we are, just six years later and the destruction is complete.
Anyone who cares to do a decent job blogging (not to mention being an international “news” organization) knows that one’s reputation and credibility hinges on honesty, credibility and the ability to admit mistakes.
What you do is admit that you did someting wrong. You don’t delete a story you lifted from another site because you can’t lift it. It’s out there. Forever. Embedded.
Big bad Fox, on the other hand, thinks it can plagiarize stuff, delete it and it’s gone.
Sorry Fox. It ain’t gonna happen.
SO unprofessional. But that’s to be expected from “America’s News Headquarters.”
Let’s riff on that for a while: unprofessional / America’s news headquarters.
Explains a lot.
Bob Woodward has gone over to the dark side. This would be him last night on Sean Hannity’s show:
Critics also noted the chumminess between Woodward and Hannity. After the Fox News host cricitzed the press for not looking into President Obama’s associations with Bill Ayers, Woodward said, “I agree with that.” He also lavished praise on Hannity, saying, “You let me say what I want. You dig into things. You — there is no bleep-out button.”
There’s no “bleep button” Bob because you’re on Hannity’s show criticizing President Obama. Are you kidding? That’s Fox gold. Start ripping someone like George Bush apart and they’ll pull out the bleep button alright, or better still, you just won’t get invited on.
I live in “Bronco Country” as in Boulder, Colorado, just up the road from Denver. As you probably know, Tim Tebow spent a year (2010 – 2011) quarterbacking with the Broncos before he was traded to the New York Jets.
The American Taliban tried to turn Tebow into a Jesus-like icon and an anti-women’s choice hero while he was here (it was intense) but it didn’t work. When people found out he was a failure as a quarterback, he wasn’t taken seriously.
Now there’s this:
While Tim Tebow is struggling to find an NFL team that is willing to sign him, he is apparently having no problem booking speaking gigs as the Jets’ backup quarterback is scheduled to address a Texas megachurch whose pastor is notorious for extremist statements about Roman Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, gays and lesbians and President Obama.
Bye Tim. I see you attending tent-style revival meetings in Arkansas in a few years.
Remember NASA’s “Mohawk Guy?”
It’s been quite a six months for Bobak Ferdowsi, the NASA flight director on the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission, whose aggressively mohawked hair — and otherwise charming appearance — first attracted attention last summer. Now, he is going to be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama in her box at President Obama’s State of the Union address.
“I found out less than a week ago, honestly, that I’d been invited to the State of the Union,” he said. “I freaked out for a few minutes, just needed a moment to gather myself. It’s really cool, I’m really excited, yet again, to represent NASA and JPL and all of the work that everybody here does. It’s really amazing to me. Sometimes I feel unworthy in some ways to do all this. I think there’s so many talented and fun and amazing people on the project that I worked on, but all across our place. I just feel very lucky to get to do stuff like this.”
As for what he is most excited about, he told BuzzFeed, “I’m really excited to get to represent NASA. I’m excited that people have been excited and watching and paying attention. I am excited to — like anyone would be — to meet the First Family. A little giddy with excitement there, I don’t think I have to hide that. It’s really cool.”
The hair colors Tuesday night will not be missed. Bright red and blue streaks run along the top of his freshly coiffed mowhawk [sic].
Republicans are going to hate this because — SCIENCE — but what better way to say it’s cool to be smart?
And I can’t wait to hear what Fox does with it: OMG, there’s one of the Obama’s hippy Muslim friends!
Check-out this interview of former Fox News reporter David Shuster spilling the beans on what it was like to work there (1996 – 2002). My favorite quote is this about Fox star Bret Baier. Bret Baier was “playing to management [and what management wanted the message to be], he’s not really playing to journalism.”
Schuster also talks about how Fox tended not to air stories or information that “conflicted” with the message they were trying to deliver. In other words, what you don’t see on Fox is as important as what you do.
He also talks a bit about the comparison between Fox and MSNBC and he says MSNBC “tends to adhere to facts and basic science much more in a strict sort of fashion more than you get on the opposite side on Fox News.”
I like the plain truth President Obama told Steve Kroft in his 60 Minutes interview tonight:
You know, Steve, I gotta tell you, the — you guys in the press are incorrigible. I was literally inaugurated four days ago. And you’re talking about elections four years from now.”
And I like the plain truth he told The New Republic too:
One of the biggest factors is going to be how the media shapes debates. If a Republican member of Congress is not punished on Fox News or by Rush Limbaugh for working with a Democrat on a bill of common interest, then you’ll see more of them doing it.
Memo to Obama and all Democrats: Keep it up, hammer away at it, drive it home and for God’s sake, don’t let up!
I have to think Rupert Murdoch is smarter about climate change than his most recent tweet suggests; that his aim at playing dumb is to protect his corporate buddies who stand to lose big if we seriously tackle that issue.
I mean, does one of the most powerful information and news purveyors on the planet really think
global warming climate change simply means it doesn’t get cold anymore?
I wish the term “global warming” had never come into common use because it lets the likes of the Rupert Murdochs of the world imply that very thing — that it’s only about warming.